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George Washington
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports ... Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle."

Farewell Address
Theodore Roosevelt

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

Thomas Jefferson

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

North Dakota
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North Dakota

Entered the Union: Nov. 2, 1889 (39) Capital: Bismarck
Origin of Name: named for the Dakota Indian tribe. Dakota is a Sioux word meaning friends or allies.
State Nicknames:Peace Garden State • Rough Rider State • Flickertail State
State Motto: Liberty and union, now and forever: one and inseparable
State Tree: American Elm State Flower: Prairie Rose
State Bird: Western Meadowlark State Horse: Nakota
State Song: “North Dakota Hymn" State Fruit: Chokeberry
National Grassland: 1 • State Parks: 18
Famous for: The Badlands, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, International Peace Garden
Famous North Dakotans: Lynn Anderson (singer), Angie Dickinson (actress), Phil Jackson (basketball player/coach), Louis L'Amour (novelist), Casper Oimoen (skier), Cliff "Fido" Purpur (hockey), Eric Sevareid (TV commentator), Edward K. Thompson (Life magazine editor), Tommy Tucker • Lawrence Welk (band leaders)
State Fair: Minot
Badlands National Park
Sunflower Field in Fargo
buffalo herd
bighorn sheep
Custer State Park
Devils Lake
North Dakota National Grassland
North Dakota State Parks
North Dakota Historic Sites
North Dakota Attractions
Fishing in North Dakota
Hunting in North Dakota
North Dakota Homeschooling
Listen to W. Meadowlark's Song
North Dakota Photo Gallery
North Dakota Butterfly Gallery
North Dakota Resorts
North Dakota RV Parks
North Dakota Hotels & Reviews
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North Dakota was explored in 1738–1740 by French Canadians led by Sieur de la Verendrye. In 1803, the U.S. acquired most of North Dakota from France in the Louisiana Purchase.
Lewis and Clark explored the region in 1804–1806, and the first settlements were made at Pembina in 1812 by Scottish and Irish families while this area was still in dispute between the U.S. and Great Britain.
In 1818, the U.S. obtained the northeast part of North Dakota by treaty with Great Britain and took possession of Pembina in 1823. However, the region remained largely unsettled until the construction of the railroad in the 1870s and 1880s.
North Dakota is the most rural of all the states, with farms covering more than 90% of the land. North Dakota ranks first in the nation's production of spring and durum wheat
The International Peace Garden straddles the international Boundary between North Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba. It honors the long friendship between the two nations.This 2,300-acre garden plants 100,000 flowers annually and features a Peace Chapel as well as an 18-foot floral clock. In 1956 the North Dakota Motor Vehicle Department placed the words “Peace Garden State” on license plates; the name proved so popular that it was formally adopted by the 1957 legislature.
North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.
The town of Rugby is the geographical center of North America. A tall stone obelisk marks the location.
North Dakota has more registered vehicles than it has residents.
New Salem, North Dakota is home to Salem Sue, the world’s largest Holstein Cow. Standing 38 feet tall, Sue is 50 feet long and weighs some six tons.
Jamestown boasts the world’s largest buffalo at 26 feet tall and 36 feet long and weighs some sixty tons.
Theodore Roosevelt was sent to live in North Dakota for health reasons before he became president. The name Roughrider State refers to the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry that Theodore Roosevelt organized to fight in the Spanish-American War.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is the only national park named for a person. As president, Theodore Roosevelt was instrumental in founding the national park system.
In 1982 Rutland went into the "Guinness Book of World Records" with the cooking and eating of the World's Largest Hamburger -- 3591 pounds.
If North Dakota seceded from the Union, it would be the world's third strongest nuclear power.
North Dakota hosts almost fifty local and regional rodeos that attract hundreds of cowboys each year.
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on in North Dakota.
North Dakota is the only state in the nation to never have an earthquake.
The parking meter was invented in North Dakota.
North Dakota's Ethnic Roots: German 43.9%, Norwegian 30.1%, Irish 7.7%, Native American 5%, Swedish 5%.
Religion in North Dakota: 84% Christian (51% Protestant, 30% Catholic, 2% Other), 3% No Religion, 2% Muslim, 1% LDS, 1% Jehovah's Witness, 1% Buddhist, 1% Other Religions
North Dakota has the highest number of millionaires per capita than any other state.
The coast line around Lake Sakawea in North Dakota is longer than the California coastline along the Pacific Ocean.
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2024
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
December 1, 2024
Advent begins 4 weeks before Christmas and remembers the longing and waiting of God's people for the coming of the Messiah.
Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 1791
Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating the 10 amendments to the Constitution which protect individual rights by placing specific limits on government power. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
December 25th Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This joyous festival is enjoyed by Christians and nonChristians alike all over the world.